Published Saturday 21st November 2020 The last time Aberdare Town’s men’s team pulled on a kit was back on the 8th February and since then the squad has changed considerably including new faces in the dugout. AFC Penrhiwceiber were the visitors to Aberaman Park with Terry Fitzpatrick taking charge of his first Aber game since being handed the post in July - surely one of the longest waits of any manager to make his bow. With only four players in the squad who had played for the senior side previously the opening friendly for the team, who have only been able to train together twice fully since the new local and then national second lockdown, was always going to be a tough encounter as they got used to a new style and new team-mates. It was these obvious issues that saw Ceiber hit the front first scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes. Newcomer Ryan Boulton reduced the arrears with a well taken finish at the near post following a strong run and cross from the right. After the break the new Aber side started to play their way more into the game but couldn’t find the back of the net after creating several good openings and the visitors extended their lead following a ‘kick in’ - for those not familiar with the new FAW directive of not allowing throw ins! Aberdare wouldn’t lay down and continued to press with Sam Burns, another new face, snapping up a rebound after a shot had smashed against the post to bring the team back within a goal again. More pressure came but the elusive equalizer wouldn’t arrive leaving Terry and his side disappointed but with plenty of optimism for the road ahead. After the game Terry gave his thoughts on his first game back at Aber: “Today was a day the lads and I have been waiting for and it was fantastic to be back in the dug out. Today we played a very well drilled, physical side with talented players & our new team was given a brilliant test of what's to come in this division. “The 1st half the lads looked like they were playing with trepidation and we conceded two like for like goals through defensive errors, however credit to AFC Penrhiwceiber's striker for tucking the ball away with great composure. They play to their strengths and are well organised. The pleasing thing is our lads attitude & that's very hard to actually coach. There was never a moment we looked liked folding, which is so reassuring. We managed to take a goal back after some nice link up play. “The second half our lads dominated the game and we certainly can't be faulted for our ability to cut through teams. With a few adjustments and a half time team talk we were incredibly unlucky not to have scored quite a few, but great defending, superb reactions from the opposition keeper, and a lack of cohesion in our play meant we couldn't add more than 1 more in the 2nd half. “Taking nothing away from the opposition, for our first competitive game the signs are positive. A lot of players gave great accounts of themselves and a special shout to Simon Grmay for a great display & Noah Searl who's just turned old enough to play well above his age warrants” A huge thanks to AFC Ceiber for the game and we wish them all luck for the ‘season’ (whenever that may be!) ahead. Harrent Properties Player of the Match: Simon Grmay
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Published Saturday 21st November 2020 The last time Aberdare Town’s men’s team pulled on a kit was back on the 8th February and since then the squad has changed considerably including new faces in the dugout. AFC Penrhiwceiber were the visitors to Aberaman Park with Terry Fitzpatrick taking charge of his first Aber game since being handed the post in July - surely one of the longest waits of any manager to make his bow. With only four players in the squad who had played for the senior side previously the opening friendly for the team, who have only been able to train together twice fully since the new local and then national second lockdown, was always going to be a tough encounter as they got used to a new style and new team-mates. It was these obvious issues that saw Ceiber hit the front first scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes. Newcomer Ryan Boulton reduced the arrears with a well taken finish at the near post following a strong run and cross from the right. After the break the new Aber side started to play their way more into the game but couldn’t find the back of the net after creating several good openings and the visitors extended their lead following a ‘kick in’ - for those not familiar with the new FAW directive of not allowing throw ins! Aberdare wouldn’t lay down and continued to press with Sam Burns, another new face, snapping up a rebound after a shot had smashed against the post to bring the team back within a goal again. More pressure came but the elusive equalizer wouldn’t arrive leaving Terry and his side disappointed but with plenty of optimism for the road ahead. After the game Terry gave his thoughts on his first game back at Aber: “Today was a day the lads and I have been waiting for and it was fantastic to be back in the dug out. Today we played a very well drilled, physical side with talented players & our new team was given a brilliant test of what's to come in this division. “The 1st half the lads looked like they were playing with trepidation and we conceded two like for like goals through defensive errors, however credit to AFC Penrhiwceiber's striker for tucking the ball away with great composure. They play to their strengths and are well organised. The pleasing thing is our lads attitude & that's very hard to actually coach. There was never a moment we looked liked folding, which is so reassuring. We managed to take a goal back after some nice link up play. “The second half our lads dominated the game and we certainly can't be faulted for our ability to cut through teams. With a few adjustments and a half time team talk we were incredibly unlucky not to have scored quite a few, but great defending, superb reactions from the opposition keeper, and a lack of cohesion in our play meant we couldn't add more than 1 more in the 2nd half. “Taking nothing away from the opposition, for our first competitive game the signs are positive. A lot of players gave great accounts of themselves and a special shout to Simon Grmay for a great display & Noah Searl who's just turned old enough to play well above his age warrants” A huge thanks to AFC Ceiber for the game and we wish them all luck for the ‘season’ (whenever that may be!) ahead. Harrent Properties Player of the Match: Simon Grmay
Narrow defeat in men’s friendly
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